Over Thanksgiving my sister instructed me that she needed a much bigger serving board. The earlier ones that I had made for her are too small for the extravagant spreads that she likes to place out.
I went wanting although my small slab space and located this slab which can work nicely for this undertaking. It’s from the primary city tree that I salvaged and reduce with my chainsaw mill years in the past. The tree was eliminated as a result of intensive ant harm and even on this higher cover space, the ant harm was sufficient to separate this slab in two.
With the slab break up in two, it’s now simpler to mill flat as a result of it suits over my jointer. I’ll flatten one face of every half after which run them by the planer to largely clear up the opposite face.
Again on the bench, I can clear up the ends to take away the archorseal and clear up the floor so the tape I’ll use to dam the epoxy can have a neater time forming a seal.
I made a decision on which aspect I might fill from and taped the 2 halves collectively from the other aspect. There’s a bigger crack by the crotch space that doesn’t go all over so the aspect with that crack would be the one I fill from.
I estimated the quantity of epoxy I would want by assuming a 3/4″ vast hole down the size of the board. That got here out to 14oz. I combined 18 to make the combo ratio math simpler and to present me some additional to fill the opposite voids within the board. I coloured it with a little bit of black powder pigment. I needed a considerably clear look so that you’d have the ability to see the ant tracks however not clearly see all over.
The epoxy that I’m utilizing has a protracted set time which provides lots of time for bubbles to naturally escape however since I’ve a vacuum chamber, I’ll assist the degassing course of alongside. I pull a vacuum for a couple of minutes which causes the bubbles to rise to the floor. I’ll launch the vacuum and use a torch to pop them. I repeated that course of 3 occasions till there have been nearly no bubbles remaining within the cup.
With minimal bubbles within the resin, now I simply have to fret about bubbles being launched in the course of the pour. To assist with that, I’ll discover a spot within the crack the place I can clearly pour the epoxy and have it hit the underside, filling the crack from the underside which can enable air to be pushed out the highest and never be trapped within the epoxy.
I let the epoxy sit for 3 days. It wasn’t absolutely cured but it surely was cured sufficient to deal with. I eliminated the clamps and tape so I might begin doing any fills on the underside. I combined up some quicker setting West System and addressed a number of voids on this face.
A couple of day later all of the epoxy had absolutely set. I sanded off the surplus epoxy on the underside and ran the board by the planer to scrub up the remaining epoxy and to flush the whole lot up. I additionally cleaned up the ends with a fast reduce utilizing the observe noticed.
Subsequent I can handle the reside edge. I has some bark in a number of locations however most had fallen off or was fairly free. I made a decision to take away the remaining bark utilizing a drawknife and cleansing issues up with some sandpaper.
The final element is so as to add the handholds. These are recessed areas on the ends which give house for fingers to get below the board. I made a rapid template on the desk noticed and used a information bushing and straight bit within the router to router a pocket on every finish.
Somewhat end sanding to scrub the whole lot up and a few sanding to interrupt the perimeters and it was time for end. I used 3 coats of Salad Bowl End and after that had cured, I buffed on a coat of wax to even out the sheen and to clean out the end.
Triton Observe Noticed: http://amzn.to/2f2P85l
Triton Router: http://amzn.to/2hXj5AC
1/2″ Spiral Bit: http://amzn.to/2iRhCvG
Ecopoxy Liquid Plastic: https://amzn.to/2JH5ezw
Black Pigment: https://amzn.to/34wKReI
Sheathing Tape: https://amzn.to/2GbIsyL
Vacuum Chamber: https://amzn.to/35xBa0Z
West System Epoxy Resin (Gallon): http://amzn.to/25TYH7y
West System Epoxy Gradual Hardener (Quart): http://amzn.to/25TYKAr
Metering Pumps: http://amzn.to/1qicuEr
Normal Finishes Salad Bowl End: http://amzn.to/2epVFVz
Board Wax: https://socalwoodshop.com/product/socal-woodshop-board-wax-4oz-pre-order/